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The Canadian Freedom Convoy donor list has reportedly been hacked by a leak site exposing identities and personal information.
Distributed Denial of Secrets (DDoS), a self-described non-profit whose goal is the free transmission of data in the name of the public, declared on their website that they had acquired 30 megabytes of private information from the fundraising site GiveSendGo, Reuters reported. That information includes names, email, and internet protocol (IP) addresses along with zip codes.
After DDoS made the announcement on their site, attempts to access GiveSendGo redirected users to a new domain, GiveSendGone, that stated “GiveSendGo IS NOW FROZEN!”
Here’s part of the video hackers have now posted on the @GiveSendGo website #cdnpoli #onpoli #Ottawa https://t.co/FCo6wKafnM pic.twitter.com/jYCdVAzdQl
— Travis Dhanraj (@Travisdhanraj) February 14, 2022
The video that played during the redirect was a scrolling message described as a manifesto that accused all GiveSendGo donors of supporting, “an insurrection in Ottawa.”
Vice News reported that it was able to review a copy of the data acquired and it included information on 92,845 donors, naming American software billionaire Thomas Siebel as one of them — Siebel reportedly donated $90,000 to the “freedom convoy.”
Mikael Thalen of The Daily Dot explained that the hack came from the discovery of an unsecured Amazon S3 bucket that included scans of passports and driver’s licenses. An Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service) bucket is “a service offered by [Amazon Web Services] that provides object storage through a web interface,” as explained here.
Many organizations use these storage options provided by Amazon and there have been a number of security breaches stemming from them. Thalen explained that though GiveSendGo “had appeared to fix the issue” the data was still accessible.
Jacob Wells, co-founder of GiveSendGo told The Daily Dot, “We have never and do not collect donors’ IDs.” He went on to say how there “might be the potential that a campaign owner uploaded a ID to a public gallery for their campaign of their own volition and did not properly remove it, but that would be on the campaign owner who uploaded it.”
However the data was uploaded, Wells assured that GiveSendGo was, “looking at our legal recourse options for what looks to be an intentional hit job.”
DDoS claims that due to the sensitive nature of the information they had collected they wouldn’t be posting it publicly. Rather, their intention is to offer it to “journalists and researchers.”
One journalist, Andy Ngo, pointed out how “many far-left activists” have been trying to “take down/hack GiveSendGo” and punish donors further stating that Twitter was complicit in “criminal activity” through facilitation and encouragement.
Since the convoy found an alternative way to fundraise after GoFundMe banned them, many far-left activists have sought to take down/hack GiveSendGo and to dox anyone who donated as punishment. They’re using Twitter to facilitate & encourage the criminal activity. pic.twitter.com/hmtP5O0j0d
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) February 14, 2022
GiveSendGo had nearly managed to raise back all the funds that GoFundMe had chosen to refund after succumbing to pressure and legal challenges. At this time, it does not appear as though the leak of information has impacted the funds that have been contributed.
GiveSendGo has been receiving pressure on that front but has assured the public that they will get the money to the truckers.
Please push this out there: The funds from the Freedom Convoy are not frozen contrary to what you might be hearing on the news. GiveSendGo is working with many different campaign organizers to find the most effective legal ways to continue funds flowing.
— GiveSendGo (@GiveSendGo) February 12, 2022
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